I created this blog back in 2013 as an outlet for myself. As time went on and this site began to get more traffic, I soon found that this blog was becoming an outlet not only for myself but for other people as well. This was an excitingly humbling and terrifying discovery. Sharing my heart through writing with the world was & is scary and vulnerable, but a nudge I was feeling led me to believe it could be used as a way to minister to others. Since about the fourth grade, I have had a deep love and passion for writing. I’m 21 now and can confidently say that I have not stopped ever since. I am an undergraduate college student pursuing a path towards full-time ministry, along with anything else God wants me to do. I love to preach, hike, run, write, and be advocate for mental health and recovery. I am a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church pursuing a call to the ministry of an Elder. I heard God calling me into ministry when I was junior in high school, and the journey of pursuing that call has been unlike anything I ever anticipated for myself, but nonetheless, it has been a journey that I would not trade for anything in this world. I write about a variety of topics on this blog, but because Jesus is the foundation of my life, he is the foundation of this blog. I write about my faith, ministry, topics relating to mental health and mental illness, and frequently write about recovery from such illnesses as well. It is a hope of mine that through sharing about the journey through ministry, life, and my own recovery, I’d be able to help other people, whether it be through my writing, through the voice I have, or through simply being a listening ear. At the end of the day, whatever is on my heart, whatever I am wrestling with, whatever I care deeply about, I write about. My prayer is that my writing would be used as a form of ministry to speak to you in whatever way you may need it, and may every ounce of the glory go to God.
Grace & peace, Ashley O.